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ISB Unit of Inquiry Planning Overview Preschool 2

Transdisciplinary Theme: How the world works An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Title: From Seed to Supper Central Idea:
Plants provide us with a variety of food

Inquiry Into: • • The way we use plants for food How plants grow

Transdisciplinary Skills Skills:
Communication: The children will learn the parts of plants, such as roots, leaves, bulbs, seeds, fruits flowers, buds; they will listen to stories and learn songs about gardening and spring plants. Research: The children will gather information about the fruits and vegetables eaten at home; they will buy a variety of vegetables and fruits and explore their characteristics; they will observe and record the growth of seeds; they will test the hypothesis that plants need water, sun and soil to grow. Thinking: The children will count and categorize seeds; match fruits and vegetables to the various parts of plants; graph information on fruits and vegetables; sequence the life cycle of edible plants. Self-Management: The children will cut up fruit and vegetables to eat; draw and paint pictures of edible plants and their parts; properly plant seeds; pretend to be plants. Social: The children will take part in group discussions, taking turns and respecting others’ opinions.

Integrated Activities
(the following are examples of possible activities) • Discussing the life cycle of plants and describing the parts of plants and their functions (e.g. roots bring water, leaves make chlorophyll); acting out the life cycle of a plant. Keeping a week-long journal of which vegetables and fruits their families are eating; looking in fiction and non-fiction books for information on plants. Making seed mosaics; preparing graphs using the laptops during IT; cut and paste pictures of the life cycle of a plant in its proper sequence; grow seeds in plastic to watch the emergence of roots and the stems; repot the seedlings in soil and care for them. Preparing and sharing a fruit salad or vegetable platter of raw vegetables for snack; organizing and caring for a small garden plot of vegetables and flowers. Taking part in group discussions about the information gathered from home; role-playing, in the housekeeping corner, the preparation of fruits and vegetables.

ISB Unit of Inquiry Planning Overview Preschool 2
Assessment (ongoing) Some of the ways we will keep track of how well the children are understanding the Unit of Inquiry include: • • • • Observing and noting what they say and do; Collecting their drawings; Photographing their activities; Documenting their willingness to collect information from their families and share that information with their peers in class; Comparing what they said they knew prior to the unit with what they know after they have explored the unit. Learner Profile: Special attention will be given to becoming:

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Inquirers: e.g., observing and recording the growth of seeds Thinkers: e.g., hypothesizing about what plants need to grow and carrying out experiments Carers: e.g., talking about how we care for and help plants to grow.

Links to Specialists Classes In Music the children will play instruments to the music of a Vietnamese rice planting song. In PE the children will imitate the life cycle of plants using their bodies to show the various phases. In German, the children will discuss the key ideas about growing plants and learn some of the German vocabulary related to plants, fruits and vegetables. Notes to Parents: Some of the activities in some classrooms will include: • • • • Field trips to various related places such as an open-air market, local supermarket, garden or farm; Preparing and tasting fresh vegetables and fruits; Planting seeds and recording the phases of growth; Cultivating a small vegetable garden in the outdoor playground.

Parents can help by discussing the variety of fruits and vegetables eaten at home and helping children complete booklets brought home to gather information.